Two Google Homes Are Doing Their Own Spontaneous Version of Waiting for Godot on Twitch

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic the theatre of the absurd.

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As the old saying goes, “Two Google Homes arguing with each other forever will eventually write Samuel Beckett.” That’s … that’s how it goes, right? Because I’m pretty sure these two Google Home units on Twitch are making a solid attempt. Even if they don’t spit out the exact text for Waiting for Godot any time soon, Vladimir and Estragon are doing a solid job of writing their own version.

Chat bots sure have come a long way since SmarterChild, huh? Even if their chat is mostly absurd, they can actually follow a thread of conversation to some surprising ends, like spontaneously discussing My Little Pony:

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And then … breaking into song (these are theme song lyrics from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, if you weren’t aware):

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There’s also some intense self-reflection … followed by scientific enlightenment:

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As well as some truly intense absurdism and other assorted weirdness:

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And a bit of attitude:

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Hey, I recognize that tree.

(via Gizmodo, image via screengrab)

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